MacDailyNews: Dictionary.com defines "vista" as: "A distant view or prospect, especially one seen through an opening... An avenue or other passage affording such a view." So, "Windows Vista" is aptly named after a narrow passage affording a view of a distant prospect through an opening. Microsoft certainly made a decent choice with "Vista." After all, they could've named the whole mess "Windows Sphincter." "Windows Balloon Knot" might have been nice.
Microsoft: "On Friday, the Redmond, Wash., company officially crowned the upcoming version of its Windows operating system as 'Vista,' a brand it hopes conjures an image of a sweeping view into the digital world. The Windows Vista title was created after more than eight months of review by focus groups and Microsoft customers, said Greg Sullivan, group product manager for the Windows client division. The operating system is being designed to give computer users new tools to manage and access the increasing amount of e-mail, digital photos and other material stored on their PCs and networks, he said."
MacDailyNews: Apple's Mac OS X already does all of that and more. View QuickTime movies of Mac OS X Tiger features in action.
Microsoft: "'It is your window into your digital information,' Sullivan said. 'We are doing a lot to brush away the clutter so you can really focus and create that personalized view.'
MacDailyNews: One question, who put the clutter there in the first place?
Microsoft: "Microsoft has promised that the new system will include powerful search capabilities, impressive graphics and stronger security.
MacDailyNews: Mac OS X already has all of that and more. View QuickTime movies of Mac OS X Tiger features in action.
Microsoft: "'This marks a turning point,' Sullivan said. 'It demarks the point where we go from the code name to the product name.'"
MacDailyNews: Ooh, demarcation! Any company that holds an event (and even webcasts the spectacle, no less!) to announce the (boring) new name for their vaporware has no new ideas.